MXGP start of Bulgaria_ Sevlievo_ Round 17Only 25 riders lined the MXGP gate in Bulgaria.

Jeffrey Herling is taking control of the 2018 MXGP series. He put another 1-1 victory in the books at the 17th round in Bulgaria. No-one will stop him and his 73 point lead unless he gets injured or is plagued with mechanical failures. The factory Honda rider of Tim Gajser finished second while Clement Desalle went 3-4 to round of the podium.


Pos Rider Bike Race 1 Race 2
1 Herlings, Jeffrey KTM 1 1
2 Gajser, Tim HON 2 3
3 Desalle, Clement KAW 3 4
4 Cairoli, Antonio KTM 8 2
5 Febvre, Romain YAM 4 5
6 Paulin, Gautier HUS 5 9
7 Coldenhoff, Glenn KTM 9 7
8 Van Horebeek, Jeremy YAM 6 13
9 Seewer, Jeremy YAM 10 10
10 Searle, Tommy KAW 13 8
11 Lupino, Alessandro KAW 12 12
12 Strijbos, Kevin KTM 15 11
13 Anstie, Max HUS 25 6
14 Lieber, Julien KAW 7 25
15 Leok, Tanel HUS 14 15
16 Monticelli, Ivo YAM 16 14
17 Simpson, Shaun YAM 11 22
18 Waters, Todd HON 19 16
19 Butron, Jose KTM 18 17
20 Petrov, Petar HON 17 19
21 Guillod, Valentin KTM 21 18
22 Gercar, Klemen HUS 22 20
23 Renkens, Nathan HON 20 24
24 Bengtsson, Jonathan KTM 23 21
25 Kouzis, Panagiotis HON 24 23



Pos Rider Nat. Bike Total
1 Herlings, J. NED KTM 783
2 Cairoli, A. ITA KTM 710
3 Desalle, C. BEL KAW 581
4 Gajser, Tim SLO HON 549
5 Febvre, Romain FRA YAM 544
6 Paulin, G. FRA HUS 483
7 Coldenhoff, G. NED KTM 446
8 Seewer, Jeremy SUI YAM 393
9 Van Horebeek, J. BEL YAM 373
10 Anstie, Max GBR HUS 313
11 Bobryshev, E. RUS SUZ 261
12 Lupino, A. ITA KAW 250
13 Nagl, M. GER TM 227
14 Lieber, Julien BEL KAW 219
15 Strijbos, K. BEL KTM 217
16 Simpson, Shaun GBR YAM 180
17 Searle, Tommy GBR KAW 151
18 Leok, Tanel EST HUS 115
19 Jasikonis, A. LTU HON 111
20 Guillod, V. SUI KTM 97



Tony Cairoli didn’t have the race he was looking for. 

MXGP’s Race 1 started with a season first Fox Holeshot from Team HRC’s Tim Gajser but the Slovenian quickly lost the lead to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jeffrey Herlings. Third off the start and not far off the top 2 riders’ pace was Monster Energy Kawasaki Racing Team’s Clement Desalle.

Following Desalle was the 2 French riders, Monster Energy Yamaha Factory MXGP’s Romain Febvreand Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Gautier Paulin. Paulin’s teammate Max Anstielost control on the opening lap and collided with Febvre’s Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Jeremy Van Horebeek.

Van Horebeek stayed up but Anstie went down just in front of Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Antonio Cairoli causing the Italian to lose positions. Cairoli was 10th across the line during the first official lap and put a charge on but only reached 8th after passing his Red Bull KTM teammate Glenn Coldenhoff.

After Cairoli’s pass for 8th on lap 4 the top 9 remained the same for the entirety of the race. Anstie pulled off the track to regroup for Race 2 while Herlings took a 15.9 second win over Gajser, Desalle, Febvre, and Paulin.

Race 2 saw a renewed Cairoli take the Fox Holeshot but similar to Gajser in race one the lead was shot away quickly at the hands of the “Bullet” Jeffrey Herlings. Gajser backed up his strong ride from the first race running 3rd ahead of Desalle.

Van Horebeek fell on the start along with Wilvo Yamaha Official MXGP’s Shaun Simpson and Marchetti Racing Team KTM’s Jose Butron. Van Horebeek’s teammate Febvre was in 5th for the first lap and a half before crashing and dropping back to 8th.

Coldenhoff took over 5th once Febvre fell but had Anstie apply pressure from 6th. Anstie’s teammate, Paulin, only kept Febvre at bay for a single lap before he lost 7th. Febvre continued on to pass both Anstie and Coldenhoff which threw off the Dutch rider enough for Anstie to also move past a lap later.

At the finish Herlings topped Cairoli by just over 14 seconds with Gajser 3rd, Desalle 4th, and Febvre 5th. The overall win went to Herlings along with the full 50 points up for grabs. Gajser took 2nd and Desalle rounded out the podium while Cairoli just missed the box in 4th but more importantly lost 16 championship points to Herlings.

The series now heads to Turkey next weekend for the first time since 2009. Herlings’ championship lead is now 73 points with three rounds to go.

Jeffrey Herlings: “I had 2 great races, yesterday started off good and then today in the first race I was behind Tim who had a good start and I got around him pretty quick, then managed to ride my own pace to take the win. In the second race it was similar but with Tony. We are already looking forward to Turkey in 7-day time.”

Tim Gajser: “I am really happy to be back on the podium after missing it for a couple of GPs. I was feeling good today and also with the team. During the weekend we made some changes with the bike and today it payed off.”

Clement Desalle: “A podium is really consistent and is good to be here this season. I was on the podium last weekend in Switzerland and now again here. I had 2 good races and my riding was good but we have to keep working.”

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